Friday, February 13, 2009
Love Lockdown: The Heavy Soul Brutha Edition
First off, let me thank Scholar for the generous invite to participate in this little tribute to LOVE! It's a privilege to be asked and make an appearance on, what I consider, one of the very best spots on the web.
When I think of Love Jams, I think of 1980 to about 1986/87 and my first introduction to that late night program, that was probably in every city in the US, called "The Quiet Storm." It actually originated in the mid-70's in Washington DC by a DJ named Melvin Lindsay. It usually started around 10pm and lasted four hours. I was between eleven and seventeen years old then and I used to fall asleep listening to our show here in Richmond VA, pretty much every night. Friday nights were the best as I could stay up and listen to the whole show and record it over a few Maxell Cassette Tapes to use for mix tapes. It always opened up with Smokey Robinson's, "Quiet Storm." In between you would have an almost constant mix of contemporary slow jams as well as gems from back in the day. And our local DJ would keep the groove going for extended periods with a rare commercial here and there and always fade the show out by revisiting Smokey's get down every night. CLASSIC!
So, here is a mix of what I would consider the quintessential representation of my perfect hour of a show if I was spinning the records. You'll no doubt recognize them all, but these are, as we used to say, "some of the best bone jams" you can ever put on the hi-fi if you are trying to get a little snuggle on with your loved one. I've no doubt I could easily come up with enough tunes for a full four hour show, but here's just a taste.
I really hope you enjoy be sure and follow TP's instructions. "Turn Off The Lights and Light A Candle."
HeavySoulBrutha's Quiet Storm Mix Extended Player! (LimeLinx)
01. Intro: Quiet Storm - Smokey Robinson
02. Turn Off The Lights - Teddy Pendergrass
03. Yearning For Your Love - The Gap Band
04. Adore - Prince
05. Reasons (Live) - Earth Wind and Fire
06. Sparkle - Cameo
07. Love Ballad - LTD
08. For The Love Of You - The Isley Brothers
09. Fire And Desire - Rick James & Teena Marie
10. Superstar/Until You Come Back To Me - Luther Vandross
11. Quiet Storm Outro...
Peace and SOUL,
Keep diggin' with HeavySoulBrutha via his phenomenal website, Put The Needle On The Record
Word From Your Moms:
"You know, as far as I'm concerned, it's about love. Y'know? You love someone...and how hard can the world be? I mean, people will come and go and so will problems, and ultimately, if you have love on your side and deep, deep down in your soul, what's a problem gonna be that takes your attention away from that?"
Spoken by the character of Jerome wooing porn star Becky Barnett. From the film Boogie Nights. Words written by Paul Thomas Anderson.